Day workshops

black and white jumperThere are a maximum of six people at Tricia’s friendly workshops at her house in Colchester, so each person can choose their own particular project to work on.

Rather than ask people to apply individually for workshop dates chosen by Tricia, it is suggested that groups of between four and six apply together and arrange a date to suit everyone.

Suggested areas are:

Foundation day for knitters of all abilities who are not familiar with the Elizabeth Zimmermann method.  Using circular needles (so no seams to sew up) and very little purl, at this workshop you will make a hat, learn the continental way of knitting (holding the wool in the left hand) and then find out how easy it is to knit in two colours.

 

black and red jumperPlan a sweater or cardigan the Elizabeth Zimmermann way.  From choosing wool to creating or adapting your own pattern using EPS (Elizabeth’s percentage system), this could include several techniques that might be useful in your garment, such as afterthought pockets, ‘I cord’ and even turning your sweater into a cardigan by cutting it.  Ideal for knitters who have attended a foundation day, this would also be suitable for any competent knitters wanting to be more creative and in control of their own knitting.  You might like to plan to come on two days – the second session would be when your project is in progress and could sort out any problems that have arisen.

rainbow surprise jacketKnit a Surprise Jacket.     This, by now almost legendary, jacket was invented by Elizabeth Zimmermann as a baby jacket, but can be adapted for any size.  In one piece, a shape is created which, only when it is finished and cunningly folded, looks anything like a jacket!

 

                             addaboodies        Garter stitch garments such as the Tomten jacket, the Moebius waistcoat, addaboodies (as in picture on left) and much more besides.

Knit for Christmas.  Ideas for knitted presents and also some simple, but effective, knitted decorations.

Steeking or Cutting your knitting  This enables you to knit your cardigan in the round, cutting to form neck and armholes as well as down the front. You can even change your mind and turn your sweater into a jacket.  It may seem a daunting, if not completely terrifying idea to cut your knitting, but with plenty of practice on small pieces knitted with odd bits of yarn, students soon feel confident about cutting.

I-cord – This is a versatile group of techniques which is useful not only as a cord, but for a variety of edgings as well as for buttonholes, joining knitting in interesting ways and other decorative effects.

The cost of each workshop at Tricia’s house is £25 per person, or £15 for those on benefit or in full-time education.  This does not include materials, so please bring your own or choose from a basic selection of wool and needles for you to buy on the day.

For further information and to discuss dates and project(s) that will be suitable for your group, please email  tricia@parley.org.uk or phone 01206 543417

 

Knit a Surprise Jacket.     This, by now almost legendary, jacket was invented

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